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I joined the January batch in 2018 and immediately realized that it was going to be such an AMAZING experience. This by far the best bootcamp in Europe.
Here my considerations:
- ENVIRONMENT: there are two big areas inside and a kitchen. Outside a wide garden shared with other companies where you can relax and meet other people.
- THE PROGRAM: it keeps the pace going in depth into the last technologies. People claim the course takes place from 9am to 9pm. Actually it's not true, because sometime you will leave at 10pm and later! And you know what? When you go back home you don't wanna falling asleep, you can't wait to keep studying! I didn't think I could put such a huge amount of information in my mind in a short time and in a constructive way.
- INSTRUCTORS/STAFF: strongly qualified, they definitely know what they are doing. They will take you out of your comfort zone, you will suffer for it and won't totally understand the huge benefits until you complete the course. I'd like give you a piece of advice: completely trust them!
- CLASSMATES: their website announce the acceptance is highly selective. I thought: "it's just marketing". I admit I was definitely wrong. I met brilliant minds coming from Europe, USA, Brazil, Thailand, anyone with their own background, often significantly different from each other. That's why the environment is incredibly lively, challenging, inspirational, exciting, so much I had to learn how to manage my adrenaline during the first weeks. It was such a nice feeling, but.....I couldn't sleep! :)
It was hard to say goodbye to each one as the relationship has grown to more than classmates, especially with someone of them. We preferred to say "see you later"!
- JOB: you will implement three projects even useful to improve your CV. During the last week you will be prepared for the hiring day getting important tips about how to manage your job hunting after CW. Once you leave Codeworks you won't be alone: you will join the Codeworks X slack community with a job-hunting channel, then you keep in touch with a person from their staff until you will find a job. 100% of Codeworks alumni found a job: again, it's not marketing, it's true!
Personally I even found Codeworks really useful for improving my English (I came from good B2/poor C1 level), as everybody speaks very good and fluently.
Lastly I would like to address over 30 people scared about applying Codeworks because of their age: I'm 44 and have a family, for sure companies don't select employees by age......be confident, your effort will definitely pay off and change your life.....at least......it literally changed mine for sure! Good luck!
After only three months (4 if you count the precourse (which is very well done and didactic)) I feel very prepared to start work as a web developer. The course covers many of the theory one might learn in a CS curriculum and offers exposure to modern JS frameworks and tools like React/Redux, Angular, Node, Express, Koa, Mongo, Mongoose, Monk, SQL, Webpack, and Git. There are others but these were the main ones. There was a surprisingly thorough emphasis on common (not exclusive to JS) programing patterns and idioms, which I appreciated. The course is lead by the two founders Arol and Alex who are both great people and good, knowledgeable instructors. While working on assignments and projects there were two to three former teaching assistants who were all former students. The TA's were generally very helpful as well.
The downsides for me were just that there were not more complete code reviews throughout the course. There were two. However I understand to do that would have required hiring another instructor.
The school is a nice open space with lots of light and super nice terrace for relaxing and having lunch. There was a relaxed, but focused atmosphere and my classmates were all bright people who were as motivated to learn as I was.
In summary I will say that I had hoped for an experience like this, but was pleasantly surprised to have found it with Codeworks.
I found out about Codeworks via the relations with my University. Coming here was the best thing I could ever do. I completed my knowledge about coding and now, just after 3 months, I'm able to create Wonderfull projects (some are deployed already!), and I feel ready to hit the job's world. The environment here is amazing, everybody is so motivated that push you so hard. I suggest Codeworks to everybody that really wants to start coding and have a career in this field.
P.S. Barcelona is the right place where to do this.
Word of warning: if you want to join Codeworks because you want to sightsee Barcelona, look elsewhere.
The intensity of this course is BRUTAL.
Me and most fellow students thought that the "6 days per week, 12 hours per day" advertised on their website was probably marketing speak. Well we were in for a surprise!
Not only did we follow this schedule, we also usually stayed longer (usually one hour more, sometimes several) and came on Sundays to make sure we finished the exercises and were ready for the weekly assessments.
There is no "work/life balance" concept in Codeworks, your life has to become work otherwise you will fall behind.
If like me you have a family and your spouse is not self-reliant, you're going to have a hard time.
But if your personality type is "whatever it takes" and you *do* dedicate yourself 100% to this course for 3 whole months, you will become a GREAT developer.
I'm not too keen on relocating for a job because of my family, so I've looking for jobs in my area, even though it's quite small (french part of Switzerland). But before the end of the final week, one of the cofounders of the bootcamp had prepared a list of 10 job offers for me to apply.
I finished less than a week ago, and I've already started interviewing for 3 positions (frontend and fullstack) less than 5km away from my place, and every day I've got new contact requests from recruiters on LinkedIn.
It's also the first time I can look at a job offer and say "Yep, I actually match ALL of the requirements on that job offer" (and I'm 38 years old btw so I've seen more than a couple)
Before applying to Codeworks I interviewed five different bootcamps. Yes, I interviewed them, five of them. When provided with my set list of questions Alessandro (co-founder and CEO) replied with all the right answers.
The experience I was looking for was to learn, work, and live as a Software Engineer/Developer. Codeworks delivered! I can now confidently say that I am a Software Developer.
I'm writing this review 9 days after graduating. And guess what? Today I accepted a very cool job here in Barcelona as a software developer with a competetive over industry average salary. Codeworks set me up with the company on the last week before graduation. I was also doing interviews with multiple other companies with real offers on the table, which I declined.
Before taking the course the first thing I did was to google "codeworks". I read all reviews or comments I could find. What made me initially suspicious was that all the reviews were 5-star, and I couldn't find enough criticism. So I was afraid that this could be a scam or a money-grab. But I took a leap of faith, and started anyway. And let me tell you, it's real, and you should take the course!
Expectations, I've given it 5 stars on all accounts. There is certainly things that could be improved upon, but for me these were my expectations:
- I wanted to be able to confidently code, complete, deploy and publish any idea of an application I got
- I wanted to be able to get a job after finishing the course, knowing I could provide real value for a company, and kick-start my career in sofware development.
- I wanted to learn industry practises getting familiar with the tools and methods used (git, bash, npm, agile, etc)
Codeworks succeded in teaching me all theese things to my satisfaction. When I started, I had no clue what a framwork was, I did not even know what Node.js was.
Here is a breakdown of the course
Senior-part, the second part of the course you will put everything to practise. The first project you will make is alone. On this part I created http://recommendmefantasybooks.com, which is a fantasy book recommendation engine. Building a project on your own was for me the most rewarding part of the course, I gained the confidence to start believing "I can do anything if I put my mind, blood, sweat and tears innit". Learning how to publish it online using AWS, and getting your own microserver was super cool. During the senior part you will also make two other cool projects, this time in increasing group sizes. You will learn industry practises on git workflow and agile programming. During our thesis project, real companies sent representatives to asses our presentations and projects.
Graduation, big thanks to Marc @ codeworks for setting us up with real companies. After the course you wont be alone, codeworks will assist you to find work. During the last week of the bootcamp, we had about 10 companies who sent their developers and CTO's to interview the students. Many of us will land jobs in theese companies. After graduating i would make an wild estimate of 10/15 persons getting a job during the first month, with the rest getting a job within a few months.
Social, I gained many very good friends during this course and met super awesome people. I think our batch was amazing and while we worked harder than we have ever before, we had very much fun doing it. The teachers and the personnel at codeworks awesome and supportive, and they do their best to teach you what you need to learn and making you ready to start a career in development.
Summary, nothing is free, codeworks will give you the tools and they will provide everything you need to learn. If you are not ready, motivated and willing to work&learn from 9.00 - 21.00 six days a week for three months this course is not for you. Many of us, me including even worked 7 days a week, also opting to not take a break between junior and seniour part. In otherwords, this is a hard-core bootcamp, and that's why it is the best bootcamp in Europe.
Disclaimer, I wrote this review because I wanted to review Codeworks, reviewing the course is completely optional. Hope you found it helpful!
It’s been over a year since I decided I wanted to become a software developer and almost 3 months since I finished what was probably to date one of the most transformative periods of my life - the Codeworks coding bootcamp.
There are a number of reasons why I decided to wait before writing this review; the main one was to understand the skill level that the course had given me, but also so that I could fully digest what was a very intense experience which was filled with loads of highs and very few lows.
I have tried to be as candid as possible, with the intention of giving you a clear and realistic impression of what it is like to be a Codeworks student and also how you can maximise the effect the bootcamp will have in your professional endeavors.
Firstly, I can truly say that Codeworks is affective. I am a couple of months into a new role as a software engineer and the investment has not only allowed me to ‘get in the door’ but has helped ensured I am confidently making a difference to a living, breathing product in a way I could not have imagined this soon into the job.
In the run-up to starting the course in January 2018, I made the decision to give myself two 3 months to fully complete the pre-course and really prepare for the big step up that awaits you from day 1. I highly recommend that you give yourself as much time as you can afford at this stage, as you will get the most out of the pre-course if you spend time really digging into each section and feel very comfortable reimplementing it on the fly.
Please, please do not underestimate this part of the course. From my experience and I’m sure others would agree, those students who skipped or failed the complete the pre-course struggled at the beginning of the course and each topic thereafter was significantly more challenging. The pre-course is intending to give you a solid foundation from which you can quickly pick up new topics at the speed that is required. If you fail to prepare properly here, your experience for the main course will be severely hindered.
In addition to the pre-course, I did as many Codewars Katas (https://www.codewars.com) as I could, reaching Level 4. These will greatly improve your ability to quickly solve algorithms and engrain the thought-patterns that are essential to your success as a developer. You will also complete daily challenges during the first part of the main course, so completing 4-5 daily Katas goes a long way towards helping you approach these challenges correctly.
Moving onto the main course is an exciting but slightly nervous step. I came from the UK, so relocating to Barcelona was a significant step in my life and not one to be taken lightly. However, the city is an energising, happy place where you will be made to feel at home. Unlike other major European cities, such as London or Paris, the way of life in Barcelona is well suited to the deep and intense learning journey you will undertake. You will be able to contrast the hard work during the course with relaxing trips to the beach, the luxury of almost constant sunshine, and the quiet streets of nearby districts such as Barceloneta - it was a pleasure to live in the city and I wish I could have stayed for longer!
The course itself starts how it means to go on - it captures the true meaning of what a bootcamp should be! The first part of the course is intense and very tiring. Coupled with your fresh start in a new place, it will be a shock to your system. You should ensure you get plenty of sleep, look after your body with fresh, healthy food and be mindful that you are undertaking a short-term but intentionally stressful few months.
The first part of the courses feels as if you are learning too much, too fast. You cover a range of topics at breakneck speed with rarely get a chance to catch your breath and digest what you have learned. On top of this, you will feel as if you don’t actually understand what you are learning and that things really aren’t sinking in. You may even start to panic. Please, please, please trust the instructors when they say you are learning these topics. Although it doesn’t feel like it, this method of learning works and will be evident to see in the projects of the batch of students that began the course before you and in your own projects during the second half of the course.
The second part of the course transforms from being an intense and tiring whirlwind to a platform where you begin to understand your true potential as a programmer and start building your first real web applications. The week-long break you receive between the two sections helps you digest what you’ve learned and gives your brain some much-needed rest. You return and almost by magic your understanding of those topics that were once so foreign and confusing now seem to have consolidated.
The scope of the projects also means that you become a genuine full stack developer. You will be expected to produce projects demonstrating your abilities using Node frameworks and frontend frameworks, as well as your proficiency of conceptualising a technical product with a clear use-case. I feel that the structure of these projects was very much geared towards prepping students for a real product environment, as you will begin to think about the work you are doing from a product perspective - again this is a big advantage when looking for roles after the course.
As I was returning to the UK following the course, I did not partake in the hiring week although the support with your CV, LinkedIn and how to approach applications and interviews are thorough and very useful. However, the real value in the course is not seen until you take on your first technical test.
I was very proactive in attempting to get interviews and speaking to recruiters. You will not have any shortage of interest so please do not start until you’ve reached the hiring week - it will only distract you! After applying for 43 roles, I received 26 responses requesting calls or meetings. I made it through to 10 technical tests where I was either coding on-screen, completing pre-defined questions or building a small app. Of all of these tests, I was offered final stage interviews with 9 and received 5 job offers.
You will come out the other side of Codeworks not as a junior developer, but as a mid-level developer that is only lacking in professional experience. My boss and product manager at my new job have been pleasantly surprised at the standard of knowledge I have been equipped with through Codeworks and by no means consider me to be junior. This is a credit to the bootcamp and unfortunately, the most difficult problem they still need to overcome is getting their name out to the world that they are the premier coding bootcamp in Europe that produces quality outcomes - they are head and shoulders above the rest.
The experience as a whole was life-changing. I love being a developer. Being paid to do something I enjoy is a dream-come-true and although I could have eventually done it on my own or through another bootcamp, doing it with Codeworks has meant I’ve reached a higher professional level faster and cheaper, as well as meeting some friends for life and gaining an experience I will talk about as long as I live.
If you are looking for a new career in software development or considering a bootcamp, cross everyone else off your list. If you’re willing to work hard, commit to your future in a meaningful and fulfilling way, and searching for a real challenge then Codeworks should be your home for 3 months.
Having been a Software Developer and Consultant for many years, I was way older than most of the other students. The plan was to take a crash course in Node.js stack and it turned out to be a good choice. These people know what they are doing and the students are on a high level. Definitively recommendable.
If its your first coding experience I would totally recommend Codeworks. The extensive pre-course gives you a very good basis, instructors always very helpful and there's a wide range of topics explained
Another important point is the support we get regarding the job hunt towards the end of the bootcamp, and beyond. Very useful advice and interview preparation, in addition to meeting recruiters. I received 3 job offers in the first month after graduating, two in Barcelona and one in London, all through Codeworks’ network. Couldn’t hope for a better return on investment! Aside from the technical things, the human experience at Codeworks is really great too. Give them a shout!
I reviewed a number of bootcamps before selecting Codeworks – in the interview stages, the entry process for Codeworks was far more challenging than anything else that I encountered, and I took this to be a good gauge of the ambition of the course and people that I would be learning with. I was not disappointed on either front!
The course itself was hugely challenging at times (we covered a lot of new material almost every day and you really will be working 60-70+ hours per week) but extremely rewarding. Make sure to allocate at least one month for the pre-course, as this is also pretty comprehensive and it will really make things easier for you if you arrive well-prepared (particularly if you don’t have much experience in this space).
I also really enjoyed getting to know my fellow students, the instructors and the wider Codeworks team – everyone is really smart, friendly and helpful, and I think that the network that the school provides (plus on-going support etc) will prove to be extremely valuable going forward.
Overall, highly recommended
I applied to a few bootcamps, codeworks being the only one I applied to with anything close to a tech interview to pass, which reflects on the kind of students you'll meet at codeworks. The staff and students are incredibly hard working. The work enviroment is easy to learn in, and the staff are easy to talk to. I had coded somewhat before but there was never a time I didn't feel challenged. I'm pleased with the outcome. If you're thinking about a coding bootcamp in europe, I don't know of any other will give you the depth and range of knowledge that comes with codeworks.
At Codeworks, you hit the ground running and accelarate all the way to the end. I began coding five months before Codeworks. Had I continued at my self-taught pace, it would probably take me another year before I could even think of applying for junior positions as a developer. After three months at Codeworks, I have the confidence to apply for jobs that list two + years experience as a requirement. But the best thing is that now I can develop my own apps. This is the most empowering thing. If I have an idea, I know I can make it a reality, how amazing is that?
The lecturers and teaching assistants at CW are excellent. Each have their own strenghs, and I learned and grew a lot as a developer by working beside each of them. This is something you cannot get by teaching yourself coding at home, alone. When you get stuck at Codeworks, you get to work with a pro and see how they think about your problem and how they help you come to the answer yourself. Eventually you begin to see patterns in how good programmers frame their problems and you learn how to frame your problems. This, I think, is the most important trait of a programmer, being able to ask the right question.
The lectures, excercises and live coding sessions are also excellent and very well thought out. Especially the excercises to teach algorithms and data structures. Implementing a hash table is a lot more fun than reading the Wikipedia article about hash tables. Believe it or not. In the junior part, we nailed how to set up a server in one week and front-end frameworks in two. The lecturs and excercises are designed so you get to see the big picture from the very start, unlike many other coding resources online which only show you techniques to achieve a desired effect. Here, you understand how all the pieces fit together so you can use all the tools in a very flexible way.
I look at the demos of other bootcamps, and I think the apps that are developed at codeworks have a larger variety in terms of what they do and the technology used. In my batch and the batch before me the apps worked on were 1. Facebook Events App 2. Slack Bot 3.Chrome extension with Google Maps 4.ECommerce with the Twitter API 5. File transfer on IPFS ... the variety is huge. Some other bootcamps have apps that are more or less some version of a website that does standard website things. I think this is because CW students are able to use the technology more flexibly because we actually learn development in a very deep way.
Its definitely the most rewarding experience of my life, and also extra stars for their effort to address the gender gap in tech.
Codeworks is a life changing experience. It’s not only a course, it’s a family and a network of gifted/talented people. The bootcamp is very demanding and helps you reach limits of yourself you couldn’t imagine. You can discuss with the teachers about everything… like some kind of app you want to create and they can guide you. Arol is the mentor that you might spend a lot of time with and probably one of the best programmer you’ll meet in your life. We had so many great time and his knowledge is kinda infinite :D Weeks before the end of the bootcamp they start helping you on finding a job (if you are not willing to create your startup, if so they also help you that way). To be honest right now most of the students found something before the end of the bootcamp, and the max right now was 2 weeks after the end. Your teammates are also very talented people… Before the bootcamp : make sure to do the pre-course with attention, it doesn’t get easier after lol. It will help you a lot during the algorithm part at the beginning. During the bootcamp : just make sure to finish every sprint on time, follow the planning and be sure to finish the task before sleeping. You still have sunday to catch up but every delay can be risky. Invest yourself 200%! Ask as many questions as you want to the instructors, sometimes they won’t answer you because they want you to find by yourself, and its the best way to learn, the answer will be printed in your mind if you find it by yourself. About the concurrence i’ll be honest : all the other bootcamps are just a way to discover programming, at the end you dont even know the other possible frameworks etc. I’m pretty sure students in other bootcamp in barcelona at the end of the course won’t even be able to do the pre-course for codeworks on their own, and that’s true for a lot of other bootcamps in europe. Only in the junior part (6 first weeks) we learn how to use : node.js/express/koa/polymer/angular/react/meteor and a bit of python/c++/ruby, for the databases : redis/mongodb/mongoose/mySQLand thats just the headlines. You learn them and after you are able to choose which one fits you the most according to your project. During the senior part (6 last weeks), you apply what you've learnt and you create 3 apps ! The last one is a complete MVP with all your team. I learnt how to pair program thanks to codeworks and is very powerful experience ( and thats how they do in the best IT companies such as twitter etc). My choice was either Codeworks or HackReactor, both of them makes you a king if you invest yourself and your energy at 200% during 3months. I choosed codeworks because i wanted to be in a small team (not a big size bootcamp), be able to ask questions as much as i want, i also wanted to be able to come back in my hometown during the week break (week 7) and because the lifestyle in Barcelona is completely booming!
Codeworks is worth the invest !
I finished the bootcamp this week. I'm still amazed about how much I learned during these months. Now I'm capable to do things that I never thought that I was going to be able to do. And this couldn't have been possible without CodeWorks.
During the bootcamp you end up embracing the feeling of getting out of your comfort zone.
You learn how to easily dig into documentation and how to manage your time between learning and practising.
What I loved most was the Senior part where we could build 3 projects and experience how it's like to work as a team.
I attended this course because I wanted to change the path that I took in my career. Even I studied and graduated in Engineering, I did not have the knowledge that Codeworks provided.
The organization is amazing. They support you at everything you need. The resources and exercices they provide are incredible, real-world oriented.
Prepare yourself for a journey, in which your mind will blow sometimes, this will mean you are learning.
The environment and the offices are incredible, they are located in the techie neighborhood in Barcelona called Poblenou.
Another important thing to note are the hiring partners. They are great companies and some of them are close to the office.
I came to Codeworks to learn coding and apply it in future start-up development, but I didn't expect anything that happened in the following 3 months. The program is incredibly intense and makes you give the best of yourself every single day, it requires perseverance and self-discipline to go beyond your personal limits, to go out of your comfort zone and to reach new levels. Codeworks is not an easy course, but its one of the most rewarding things I have ever done. At the end of the 3 months you realize that you are doing thing that you were even afraid to imagine before starting and that you are fully able to implement amazing projects yourself. Another very relevant thing that is given to you by Codeworks is the ability to get used to fast and intense learning, which gives you the capacity to pick up quickly any new tool, framework and even programming language after the course itself.
Apart from the content of the course it has two other components that make your experience in the bootcamp so outstanding: the people and the atmosphere. The people who you meet at Codeworks are exceptional professionals, developers, entrepreneurs and leaders. They inspire you to go forward every day and most importantly thay become your true friends who support you and make you laugh even on the toughest day when every line of code that you write breaks. They are also the ones who make the atmosphere in the bootcamp so friendly, informal and comfortable, that makes you want to stay longer and enjoy all the time spent at their amazing office.
Long story short: it is an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone who wants to not only learn coding and become a full stack developer capable of almost anything, but also to make friends, achieve new horizons and live 3 amazing life changing months in Barcelona. Codeworks is the place to be!
I just completed an Intro to Coding class with Alex and it was like drinking out of a fire hose! I learned the a few basics - using a bit of theory and some practical exercises - in three 2-hour sessions. Alex and his team were patient, fun to work with, and understood how to convey the absolute basics to absolute beginners. I'd definitely recommend it for someone that wants to get a taste of coding before making a bigger commitment to a bootcamp or someone who wants to better appreciate the work their colleagues do on a day-to-day basis.
Finished the course on Saturday and got hired on Monday, what else could I expect from a bootcamp? Amazing experience, fun, challenging and useful.
You could choose another school in New York, Boston or London but only in Barcelona you can sunbathe in December :)
Codeoworks has been an incredible experience and would reccomend this to anyne looking to change careers and delve into Full Stack Engineeing. I am a civil engineer and only had prior Matlab experience so the learning curve was intense at the start but due to the quality of the teaching and supportive environment, things started to click and I could start building full stack applications within 6 weeks.
I made friends with the tutors , co-founders and students that I will have for the rest of my life and we are looking to co-work with some of them in the future. Codeworks has an intense hiring round week at the end of the course which had in excess of 10-15 companies looking to hire engineers from Codeworks.
The campus in regards to the facilities are the best I have seen in Europe (and trust me I did my research before joining) and Barcelona is a great city for tech startups. I moved here from Melbourne and I did not have any problems with the language or to settle down here.
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